ARTS

Kate Lu

mxmtoon Take Indie Pop to the Stage

By Veronica Chang

“Chill,” but not in a boring way, mxmtoon’s Chicago concert was an ode to COVID-era indie girl bedroom pop.

May 24, 2022

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9:42 a.m.

Michael Tropea

This House is Bob Thompson’s

By Belle Nahoom

A review of the Smart Museum’s newest exhibit.

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May 24, 2022

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9:37 a.m.

Zachary Leiter

Hiss Golden Messenger Is Quietly Blowing It, but They’re Still Great

By Zachary Leiter

At Thalia Hall, Hiss Golden Messenger and lead MC Taylor displayed the strange sounds and strong lyrics that are the band’s claim to Americana fame, even as their songs feels less innovative than ever.

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May 24, 2022

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9:34 a.m.

Jerry Shi

“Happy and Healthy”: Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Tour Is Pretty Sweet

By Amala Karri

The 19-year-old Disney star–turned–pop singer spent two nights of her SOUR tour performing sold-out shows in downtown Chicago.

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May 23, 2022

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9:37 p.m.

samantharosehill.com

Samantha Rose Hill Talks with The Maroon About Her New Biography, Hannah Arendt

By Suzanna Murawski

Hill, a faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, discussed race, ideology, and public discourse in an exclusive interview with The Chicago Maroon.

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May 16, 2022

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5:35 p.m.

Sofia Hrycyszyn and Jed Whalen Stewart

Fruit Bats and Neon Clouds

By Jed Whalen Stewart and Sofia Hrycyszyn

Fruit Bats, with roots in Chicago, returned to Thalia Hall for a lively and passionate performance.

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May 16, 2022

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5:34 p.m.

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Twice the Caffeine, Twice the Culture: VietFive Brings Traditional Vietnamese Coffee to Chicago

By Miki Mukawa

Arts reporter Miki Mukawa reviews Chicago’s newly opened Vietnamese coffee shop, VietFive, and sits down with Tuan Huynh, its founder and owner, to discuss the value of cross-cultural immigrant stories.

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May 12, 2022

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8:17 p.m.

Jed Whalen Stewart

Good Music, Better Company: Wilderado Plays Chicago

By Jed Whalen Stewart and Sofia Hrycyszyn

Arts reporters Jed Whalen Stewart and Sofia Hrycyszyn review Wilderado’s concert at Schubas Tavern.

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May 10, 2022

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6:03 p.m.

Eloise Marie Valadez

Ballet But Different: Ballet Folklórico de México Stops in Chicago on their USA 2022 World Tour

By Katie Fraser

Associate Arts Editor Katie Fraser reviews the Ballet Folklórico de México company’s performance at the Auditorium Theatre.

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May 10, 2022

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5:52 p.m.

Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist

Lucinda Williams Transcendent at Unity Temple in "Good Souls Better Angels" Tour

By Alison Gill

The country-rock star stirred up emotions and commanded an astounding presence in an intimate, rollicking Oak Park concert.

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May 10, 2022

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5:17 p.m.

Eric Fang

Got Voices in Your Head? Send a Ransom Note…

By Sophie Pope McCright

Arts reporter Sophie Pope McCright sits down with The Ransom Notes and Voices in Your Head to reflect on both groups’ successful competition season.

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April 29, 2022

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5:11 p.m.

Jerry Shi

Dua Lipa: A Cause for “Future Nostalgia”

By Jerry Shi and Sofia Hrycyszyn

Dua Lipa’s most recent tour captivated audiences. Her catchy tunes, bright colors, and complex choreography kept a packed United Center engaged.

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April 29, 2022

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4:43 p.m.

Courtesy of Smart Museum of Art

The Mesmeric and Complex Beauty of Yeesookyung’s "Translated Vase"

By Julian Stern

Associate Arts Editor Julian Stern reviews the Smart Museum’s recent exhibition "Porcelain: Material and Storytelling" through an in-depth conversation about one of its central pieces, Yeesookyung’s "Translated Vase."

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April 27, 2022

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10:01 a.m.

Meriem Bennani

An Evening with Meriem Bennani: "CAPS" Trilogy

By Kina Takahashi

Bennani’s "CAPS" trilogy masterfully blends animation, documentary, and comedic filmmaking to capture the modern human experience.

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April 27, 2022

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9:42 a.m.

Sony Pictures

"Father Stu", a Faith Passion Project

By Cristina Rodríguez Rojas

Arts reporter Cristina Rodríguez Rojas reviews Rosalind Ross’ new film, "Father Stu", and interviews lead Mark Wahlberg about the film in a college roundtable.

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April 17, 2022

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3:52 p.m.

sammyrae.com

& They Threw a Party

By Evan Williams

Arts reporter Evan Williams reflects on the intimacy created from the performance by Sammy Rae & The Friends.

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April 17, 2022

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3:48 p.m.

Justin Metz

The Oscars Forgot About the Movies

By Neel Lahiri

Arts reporter Neel Lahiri reflects on a disappointing Oscars ceremony and ranks the 2022 Best Picture nominees.

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April 17, 2022

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3:41 p.m.